Kathryn Carr presents her delightful portfolio of images, cut from paper in the scherenschnitte technique. See her website for more from this artist.
I began experimenting with my own contemporary form of scherenschnitte in 2008. I was in my late 30’s and it was a time in my life that felt I was at my lowest point creatively. I had accumulated and surrounded myself with lots of different art materials and my attention was pulled in so many directions that I was mentally overwhelmed and distracted.
I came to the decision that a drastic change was needed and cleansed my life by selling or giving away most all of my art tools, equipment, and supplies. With a fresh start I wanted to create something unique, something I could work on while traveling, and that did not require a lot of studio space.
I began paper cutting because it reminded me of block print art but without the involved process and materials. Once I completed enough art for a solo gallery show, I knew I had found my true artistic passion.
Now, I continue to enjoy the process of paper cutting and I like the freedom of being able to portray a broad range of subject matter. The most rewarding part of my art is that I make an emotional connection with a wide and diverse audience.
So many people say that it reminds them of something from their childhood, or that it is endearing or quirky and makes them smile. For the first time in my life I feel that I am creating art that is really meaningful and worthwhile. I cherish and am thankful for my friends, family, and customers; their encouragement, feedback and patronage means the world to me.
My designs begin by sketching an idea and giving it a sense of movement and purpose.
The imagery for my art is drawn from a combination of what I see in everyday life, the memories from my childhood and a wry sense of humor. I then draw the image on a back of the paper that is to be cut.
Using a scissor or knife blade, I carefully cut away the paper to reveal the image. Most of my originals are cut from one sheet of paper and are framed in a shadow box to accentuate the play of shadows cast by the paper cut. Selected originals are reproduced to make up my line of greeting cards, prints, calendars, t-shirts and many other useful items.
I love how the simplicity of silhouette form can produce such complex expressions and conjure vivid nostalgic memories and feelings.
I am currently working on refining my art and the business of art. I keep in mind that setting goals, networking, delegating tasks, and that learning from mistakes are mandatory for success.